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Royer Vs. AEA Ribbon Mics?

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by rmccam, Nov 22, 2004.

  1. rmccam

    rmccam Guest


    I am looking into picking up either a Royer 121 or an AEA R84 ribbon mic to use mainly on electric guitars - but versatility is always good. Has anyone tried the two side by side? Does anyone have any insights on the similarities/differences?


  2. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    Go over to http://www.3daudioinc.com and ask over there. There are quite a few owners of both models there.
  3. Nathan_Eldred

    Nathan_Eldred Active Member

    These mics are very different.

    The 121 has what I would describe as a more "modern" sound. More midrange upfront (generally in the 1K area), less lows than the R84 and less extreme highs.

    The R84 has a more mellow and relaxed feel, more low end than the 121, and slightly more air (above 10k) than the 121.

    So it depends on what you want to hear...each one excels in different ways.
  4. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    Nathan. I really like your website. What I like is the fact that you have taken the time to review products in their context. While all reviews can be summed up the same way at the end, yours are a step away from the norm.

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